Arthur Rinderknech v Jozef Kovalik Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Stockholm Open 2021: Frenchman to Depose Lucky Loser

Arthur Rinderknech v Jozef Kovalik Live Streaming, Prediction
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World No. 60, Arthur Rinderknech of France, will take on Jozef Kovalik, the world number 135, in the second round of the 2021 Stockholm Open on Wednesday, November 10. Get the live streaming options of this Arthur Rinderknech v Jozef Kovalik match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Arthur Rinderknech v Jozef Kovalik Head to Head

The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 26-year old Frenchman, and the Slovak, who is three years older.

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Rinderknech Benefits from Bublik Retirement

2021 has been something of a breakthrough year for Rinderknech after a number of seasons grinding away on the tour, and he is not only guaranteed to end 2021 in the top 100, but he is comfortably inside it as well.

The Frenchman has reached three quarter-finals in singles this year – in Marseille, Lyon, and Bastad, whilst in doubles he made his first senior final on home soil at the Moselle Open in September, although he lost that match with partner Hugo Nys.

There was a slice of fortune though about his progression to the second round in Stockholm, where he was playing the world number 35 and sixth seed Alexander of Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Rinderknech swept through the first set dropping just one game and was a break up in the second when a clearly out of sorts Bublik was forced to retire with an injury.

Lucky Loser Kovalik Saves Match Points

A man more commonly found on the Challenger tour, Kovalik took advantage of a weaker than normal entrant field in Stockholm to try and qualify, with a  number of players having decided to end their season early, and with the competing Next Gen Finals also taking place.

The Slovak was actually beaten in the second round of qualifying by the Uzbekistan veteran Denis Istomin, but still earned a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser.

And he took full advantage of his reprieve with a surprise win over Peter Gojowczyk, the German world number 85, who reached the fourth round of the US Open and was a semi-finalist in Metz a few months ago.

The first set was close, with both men missing break opportunities and Kovalik failing to convert two set points. It went in the end to a tie-break, which the German claimed.

The second set, though, swing the way of the Slovak after a break midway through it, and, although Gojowczyk saved four set points, Kovalik made the fifth count.

The third set was a see-saw affair, and both failed to take break chances.

Gojowczyk served for the match and had two match points but Kovalik saved them, levelled the match and, soon afterwards, when he had a match point of his own, converted it.

Rinderknech v Kovalik Prediction and Tip

Kovalik earned the reprieve that he got as a lucky loser with a brave performance that saw him save match points against his German opponent, but Rinderknech, who was barely tested in his match, should prove too strong for him.

Tip: Rinderknech to win in straight sets: 1/3 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Stockholm Open will be played from November 8 to 14. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

About Andy Dalziel 1214 Articles
Andy is English but a long time resident of Cyprus. When not writing about tennis and other sports, he is also a Chartered Accountant. In his spare moments, he spends more time than is healthy worrying about his beloved Arsenal.

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